Omen of the Ten Meta-Report 3 (10/08/18 ~ 10/14/18) Rotation

Meta Analysis History

The weekly meta-analysis, brought to you by Gamepress, utilizes data published on Shadowverse Log to provide a summary of popular and strong decks in the meta-game. Shadowverse Log is a Japanese, public data set that compiles user-reported matchup data. Please be aware that Shadowvere Log is unofficial and unaffiliated with Cygames, Inc. The archetype designation in this report emulates categorization used on Shadowverse Log, and therefore may not completely reflect the appropriate archetype in the current meta.

10/08/18 ~ 10/14/18 Statistic

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

In this third week of the Omen of the Ten (OotT) format, the environment continued its dynamic and unpredictable trend. Usage rate of two classes differed significantly from last week: Bloodcraft and Shadowcraft. Bloodcraft barely held its first position, with an approximate 9% drop in usage compared to last week. A large portion of this drop coincided with a large increase in the usage for Shadowcraft decks, rising from 9.2% to 15.8%. Swordcraft, Runecraft, and Portalcraft has also seen an increase in usage, while Forestcraft, Dragoncraft, and Havencraft saw a decrease. With Bloodcraft, Swordcraft, and Shadowcraft also seeing extreme popularity in tournament scenes, the meta for the next few weeks may be dominated by these classes.

Win Rates by Classes

Fluctuations in win percentages are another big topic for this week’s meta report. Shadowcraft and Bloodcraft produced great results once again, with Shadowcraft showing a similar form of dominance it saw in Unlimited a few weeks ago. Swordcraft and Dragoncraft did not do as great as the previous week, and Swordcraft’s drop of nearly 7% in win rate is a rare sight. Forestcraft, Runecraft, and Havencraft has also seen a large drop in their respective win rates, partially due to the popular decks dominating even more.

Usage and Win Rates by Archetypes

Archetypes # Used # of Wins Win %
Darkfeast Bloodcraft 8245 4396 53.3%
Midrange Swordcraft 7868 3811 48.4%
Midrange Shadowcraft 4893 2978 60.9%
G. Chimera Runecraft 4155 2045 49.2%
Artifact Portalcraft 2264 1059 46.8%
(Other) Dragoncraft 2163 1031 47.7%
Mysteria Runecraft 1883 857 45.5%
(Other) Shadowcraft 1698 979 57.7%
Disdain Dragoncraft 1613 803 49.8%
Ramp Dragoncraft 1550 782 50.5%
(Other) Swordcraft 1471 618 42.0%
(Other) Bloodcraft 1352 640 47.3%

The archetype ranking varies slightly from the data last week. The most notable difference is the revival of Artifact Portalcraft in the meta, which is likely due to its positive matchup against Swordcraft builds. Consistent with this change, the win percentage of Midrange Swordcraft has dropped significantly.  In this top 12 list, four ‘other’ categories exist, with Swordcraft most likely being an Usurpation or Aggro variant, Dragoncraft being a hybrid of Disdain and PDK, Shadowcraft being a hybrid of Arcus and traditional Midrange, and Bloodcraft being Jormungand. Although these categories are confusing from a data management perspective, it is great that many of these classes have these options to create hybrid decks that do not completely fall in an archetype category.

Matchup Data for Top 3 Classes

Opponent Archetype Darkfeast Win % (Other) Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft N/A 47.4%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 47.6% 34.2%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 39.8% 31.6%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 63.7% 55.8%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 60.4% 44.0%
Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft 59.1% 53.2%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft 66.8% 75.0%
Vs. (Other) Shadowcraft 52.8% 43.8%
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 64.1% 56.3%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 59.5% 69.2%
Vs. (Other) Swordcraft 43.2% 41.7%
Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft 52.6% N/A

Bloodcraft is a big topic of controversy in the current meta due to its matchups against other top decks. One side of the argument favors the data, suggesting that the Darkfeast deck has difficulty with Midrange Swordcraft and Shadowcraft. On the other hand, players argue that this popular Bloodcraft deck has no real bad matchups. These arguments aside, there is no doubt that Darkfeast Bloodcraft is still the most threatening deck in the format and has very few weaknesses.

Opponent Archetype Midrange Win % (Other) Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 52.4% 56.8%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft N/A 43.5%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft 48.6% 48.2%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 35.3% 43.0%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 34.4% 55.0%
Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft 46.8% 50.0%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft 40.1% 31.6%
Vs. (Other) Shadowcraft 41.5% 24.8%
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 45.1% 29.3%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 49.1% 33.3%
Vs. (Other) Swordcraft 56.5% N/A
Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft 65.8% 58.3%

It was an awkward week for Swordcraft, with the class seeing an increase in usage, while dropping in win percentage significantly. The data on the Midrange Swordcraft deck suggested that it had a good matchup against 8 other decks in the format last week, while only 3 this week. Despite this decrease in win percentage, it seems like players still favor the deck due to the positive win rate it has posted against Darkfeast Bloodcraft for two weeks in a row. Midrange Swordcraft has traditionally done well against Giant Chimera Runecraft because the deck was able to spread followers horizontally and protect them with cards such as Magnus the Black. However, with the Runecraft deck now running Nova Flare and Truth’s Adjudication, the Swordcraft deck has been facing many situations in which they are unable to close out the game. Midrange Shadowcraft and Artifact Portalcraft decks are also showing great numbers against Midrange Swordcraft, as these two decks have the ability to efficiently keep Swordcraft followers under control.

Opponent Archetype Midrange Win % (Other) Win %
Vs. Darkfeast Bloodcraft 60.2% 47.2%
Vs. Midrange Swordcraft 51.4% 58.5%
Vs. Midrange Shadowcraft N/A 35.4%
Vs. G. Chimera Runecraft 69.9% 56.1%
Vs. Artifact Portalcraft 69.9% 53.6%
Vs. (Other) Dragoncraft 51.1% 53.4%
Vs. Mysteria Runecraft 70.5% 73.5%
Vs. (Other) Shadowcraft 64.6% N/A
Vs. Disdain Dragoncraft 55.1% 45.9%
Vs. Ramp Dragoncraft 49.2% 30.8%
Vs. (Other) Swordcraft 51.8% 75.2%
Vs. (Other) Bloodcraft 68.4% 56.3%

Shadowcraft has found itself in third place this week and the matchup spread that the Midrange Shadowcraft deck has explain the popularity quite well. The deck has a positive matchup against all other top decks in the current meta, except an even matchup with Ramp Dragoncraft (which may not even be a real deck right now). Furthermore, the deck performs spectacularly against the other popular decks in the meta, suggesting how versatile the deck is. Midrange Shadowcraft has the ability to slow down the opponent’s lethal plays, while having numerous patterns for performing its own near-OTK plays. This deck has been a popular choice in the tournament scene for this exact reason, so be prepared to see this deck often in the ladder!